Like it or hate it, Apple has significantly changed the way we interact with our devices and media.
iWhatever devices have come to define the standard to which other hardware developers aspire. Software developers have, in droves, switched dev. teams to Xcode and Objective C.
And this is not a bad thing, regardless of what you think of Apple’s closed system of the iTunes store or of Steve Jobs fan-appointed position of technology messiah.
Because, and for me this reason really resonates, Apple is taking a position of an ‘Industry Leader ™’ regardless of the consequences. And isn’t that the role of leaders? To blaze the trail and believe that it’s the best way forward, and that people will follow?
Sure, there are many issues with the details, yet, I can’t ignore the fact that I’ve got 7 Apple devices (8 if you include the Apple //e in my basement) in my household. How ‘bout you?? 🙂
Yet, daily I work and write on PC devices running Windows. So what is it that attracts us to the ‘magic’ of Apple?
Design? Sure, Apple has had this cornered since the Lisa days. While they’ve been challenged, they’ve rarely been bested.
Yet, with the evolution from iPhone/iPod Touch to iPad, there is something missing. References to the iPod Touch as the iPad Nano are common. Yes, it’s a much bigger screen with more potential, but we’re not seeing it yet.
The iPad has a very weird niche between that of a functional laptop and a casual media browsing device. And yet, it is engaging.
Basically I’m thinking the killer app for the iPad has yet to be released. VisiCalc was the Tipping Point for the Apple // line. I’m wondering what it’ll be for the iPad. Whatever it is, it’s got a narrow window to appear. Otherwise Nintendo or Sony or Asus or HP or Dell will figure it out.
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